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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106357/possession-use-and-transfer-of-select-agents-and-toxins-biennial-review-of-the-list-of-select-agents-and-toxins-and-enhanced-biosafety-requirements-final-rule
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In accordance with the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (the Bioterrorism Response Act), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has reviewed the list of biological agents and toxins that have the potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety. Following the review, HHS has decided: Not to finalize the proposed changes to the list of select agents and toxins at this time; to finalize provisions to address toxin permissible limits and the inactivation of select agents; to finalize specific provisions to the section of the regulations addressing biosafety; and to clarify regulatory language concerning security, training, incident response, and records...
19, 2017: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089771/extended-therapeutic-window-for-post-exposure-treatment-of-ricin-intoxication-conferred-by-the-use-of-high-affinity-antibodies
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Tal Noy-Porat, Ron Alcalay, Eyal Epstein, Tamar Sabo, Chanoch Kronman, Ohad Mazor
The plant toxin ricin is considered a potential bioterror agent against which there is no available antidote. To date, neutralizing antibodies are the most promising post-exposure treatment for ricin intoxication, yet so far they were shown to be effective only when given within several hours post exposure. As part of an ongoing effort to develop efficient ricin-countermeasures, we tested whether high-affinity antibodies that were previously isolated from immunized non-human primates, may confer effective post-exposure therapy for ricin-intoxicated mice treated at late time-points after exposure...
January 12, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074376/synthetic-biology-genome-editing-and-the-risk-of-bioterrorism
#3
Marko Ahteensuu
The SynBioSecurity argument says that synthetic biology introduces new risks of intentional misuse of synthetic pathogens and that, therefore, there is a need for extra regulations and oversight. This paper provides an analysis of the argument, sets forth a new version of it, and identifies three developments that raise biosecurity risks compared to the situation earlier. The developments include (1) a spread of the required know-how, (2) improved availability of the techniques, instruments and biological parts, and (3) new technical possibilities such as "resurrecting" disappeared pathogens...
January 10, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067258/a-new-method-for-assessing-the-risk-of-infectious-disease-outbreak
#4
Yilan Liao, Bing Xu, Jinfeng Wang, Xiaochi Liu
Over the past few years, emergent threats posed by infectious diseases and bioterrorism have become public health concerns that have increased the need for prompt disease outbreak warnings. In most of the existing disease surveillance systems, disease outbreak risk is assessed by the detection of disease outbreaks. However, this is a retrospective approach that impacts the timeliness of the warning. Some disease surveillance systems can predict the probabilities of infectious disease outbreaks in advance by determining the relationship between a disease outbreak and the risk factors...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039021/buccal-viral-dna-as-a-trigger-for-brincidofovir-therapy-in-the-mousepox-model-of-smallpox
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Ryan Crump, Maria Korom, R Mark Buller, Scott Parker
Orthopoxviruses continue to pose a significant threat to the population as potential agents of bioterrorism. An intentional release of natural or engineered variola virus (VARV) or monkeypox viruses would cause mortality and morbidity in the target population. To address this, antivirals have been developed and evaluated in animal models of smallpox and monkeypox. One such antiviral, brincidofovir (BCV, previously CMX001), has demonstrated high levels of efficacy against orthopoxviruses in animal models and is currently under clinical evaluation for prevention and treatment of diseases caused by cytomegaloviruses and adenoviruses...
December 27, 2016: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038869/modelling-and-bayesian-analysis-of-the-abakaliki-smallpox-data
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Jessica E Stockdale, Theodore Kypraios, Philip D O'Neill
The celebrated Abakaliki smallpox data have appeared numerous times in the epidemic modelling literature, but in almost all cases only a specific subset of the data is considered. The only previous analysis of the full data set relied on approximation methods to derive a likelihood and did not assess model adequacy. The data themselves continue to be of interest due to concerns about the possible re-emergence of smallpox as a bioterrorism weapon. We present the first full Bayesian statistical analysis using data-augmentation Markov chain Monte Carlo methods which avoid the need for likelihood approximations and which yield a wider range of results than previous analyses...
December 9, 2016: Epidemics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024103/multiple-reaction-monitoring-for-multiplex-detection-of-three-bacterial-toxins-using-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Syed Imteyaz Alam, Annu Uppal, Pallavi Gupta, Dev Vrat Kamboj
Clostridium perfringens epsilon toxin (ETX), staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB), and shiga toxin (STX) are implicated in a number of diseases and food-borne intoxications and are considered as potential agents for bioterrorism and warfare. Artificially generated aerosol is the likely mode of delivery of these toxins for nefarious uses; potentially capable of causing mass destruction to human and animal health by inhalation of toxic bioaerosol. Multiplex and unambiguous detection of these agents is of paramount importance for emergency response in a biothreat scenario and for food safety...
December 26, 2016: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981238/new-insights-into-autoinducer-2-signaling-as-a-virulence-regulator-in-a-mouse-model-of-pneumonic-plague
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Eric C Fitts, Jourdan A Andersson, Michelle L Kirtley, Jian Sha, Tatiana E Erova, Sadhana Chauhan, Vladimir L Motin, Ashok K Chopra
The Enterobacteriaceae family members, including the infamous Yersinia pestis, the causative agent of plague, have a highly conserved interbacterial signaling system that is mediated by the autoinducer-2 (AI-2) quorum-sensing molecule. The AI-2 system is implicated in regulating various bacterial virulence genes in diverse environmental niches. Deletion of the gene encoding the synthetic enzyme for the AI-2 substrate, luxS, leads to either no significant change or, paradoxically, an increase in in vivo bacterial virulence...
November 2016: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976688/a-hamster-model-for-marburg-virus-infection-accurately-recapitulates-marburg-hemorrhagic-fever
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Andrea Marzi, Logan Banadyga, Elaine Haddock, Tina Thomas, Kui Shen, Eva J Horne, Dana P Scott, Heinz Feldmann, Hideki Ebihara
Marburg virus (MARV), a close relative of Ebola virus, is the causative agent of a severe human disease known as Marburg hemorrhagic fever (MHF). No licensed vaccine or therapeutic exists to treat MHF, and MARV is therefore classified as a Tier 1 select agent and a category A bioterrorism agent. In order to develop countermeasures against this severe disease, animal models that accurately recapitulate human disease are required. Here we describe the development of a novel, uniformly lethal Syrian golden hamster model of MHF using a hamster-adapted MARV variant Angola...
December 15, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938377/rapid-and-sensitive-point-of-care-detection-of-orthopoxviruses-by-abicap-immunofiltration
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Daniel Stern, Victoria A Olson, Scott K Smith, Marko Pietraszczyk, Lilija Miller, Peter Miethe, Brigitte G Dorner, Andreas Nitsche
BACKGROUND: The rapid and reliable detection of infectious agents is one of the most challenging tasks in scenarios lacking well-equipped laboratory infrastructure, like diagnostics in rural areas of developing countries. Commercially available point-of-care diagnostic tests for emerging and rare diseases are particularly scarce. RESULTS: In this work we present a point-of-care test for the detection of Orthopoxviruses (OPV). The OPV ABICAP assay detects down to 1 × 10(4) plaque forming units/mL of OPV particles within 45 min...
December 9, 2016: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928908/striking-against-bioterrorism-with-advanced-proteomics-and-reference-methods
#11
Jean Armengaud
The intentional use by terrorists of biological toxins as weapons has been of great concern for many years. Among the numerous toxins produced by plants, animals, algae, fungi, and bacteria, ricin is one of the most scrutinized by the media because it has already been used in biocrimes and acts of bioterrorism. Improving the analytical toolbox of national authorities to monitor these potential bioweapons all at once is of the utmost interest. MS/MS allows their absolute quantitation and exhibits advantageous sensitivity, discriminative power, multiplexing possibilities, and speed...
January 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918604/real-time-naked-eye-multiplex-detection-of-toxins-and-bacteria-using-aiegens-with-the-assistance-of-graphene-oxide
#12
Ruoyu Zhang, Xiaolei Cai, Guangxue Feng, Bin Liu
Toxins and bacteria in water or food pose a threat to human life and could potentially be exploited for bioterrorism. Real-time naked-eye detection of these contaminants is highly desirable to provide a direct and simple analytical method and address the challenges of the existing strategies. Using the detection of ricin and B. subtilis as an example, a naked-eye multiplex detection model is established. In this work, a green fluorogen with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristics was encapsulated in silica nanoshells...
December 5, 2016: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908237/plant-factories-for-the-production-of-monoclonal-antibodies
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REVIEW
E V Sheshukova, T V Komarova, Y L Dorokhov
Like animal cells, plant cells bear mechanisms for protein synthesis and posttranslational modification (glycosylation and phosphorylation) that allow them to be seriously considered as factories for therapeutic proteins, including antibodies, with the development of biotechnology. The plant platform for monoclonal antibody production is an attractive approach due to its flexibility, speed, scalability, low cost of production, and lack of contamination risk from animal-derived pathogens. Contemporary production approaches for therapeutic proteins rely on transgenic plants that are obtained via the stable transformation of plant cells as well as the transient (temporary) expression of foreign proteins...
October 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863572/emergency-preparedness-and-the-development-of-health-care-coalitions-a-dynamic-process
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REVIEW
Deborah H Kim
Health care emergency preparedness has undergone significant changes since the first widespread distribution of federal funds occurred in 2002. Prior to the development of the Health Resources and Service Administration Bioterrorism Preparedness grant, support to hospitals and public health was limited to smaller regional preparedness programs such as the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program. Measurable progress with both the hospital preparedness program and public health emergency preparedness requires development of partnerships, establishment of coalitions, development of measurable objectives, and a community willingness to work together to solve complex preparedness problems...
December 2016: Nursing Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847371/sensitive-detection-of-francisella-tularensis-directly-from-whole-blood-by-use-of-the-genexpert-system
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Padmapriya P Banada, Srinidhi Deshpande, Soumitesh Chakravorty, Riccardo Russo, James Occi, Gabriel Meister, Kelly J Jones, Carl H Gelhaus, Michelle W Valderas, Martin Jones, Nancy Connell, David Alland
Francisella tularensis is a potential bioterrorism agent that is highly infectious at very low doses. Diagnosis of tularemia by blood culture and nucleic acid-based diagnostic tests is insufficiently sensitive. Here, we demonstrate a highly sensitive F. tularensis assay that incorporates sample processing and detection into a single cartridge suitable for point-of-care detection. The assay limit of detection (LOD) and dynamic range were determined in a filter-based cartridge run on the GeneXpert system. F. tularensis DNA in buffer or CFU of F...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810468/the-risk-of-bioterrorism-re-analyzed
#16
Didier Raoult
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 31, 2016: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809794/alternative-pre-approved-and-novel-therapies-for-the-treatment-of-anthrax
#17
REVIEW
Breanne M Head, Ethan Rubinstein, Adrienne F A Meyers
BACKGROUND: Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax, is a spore forming and toxin producing rod-shaped bacterium that is classified as a category A bioterror agent. This pathogenic microbe can be transmitted to both animals and humans. Clinical presentation depends on the route of entry (direct contact, ingestion, injection or aerosolization) with symptoms ranging from isolated skin infections to more severe manifestations such as cardiac or pulmonary shock, meningitis, and death...
November 3, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798209/in-vitro-evaluation-of-the-effect-of-linezolid-and-levofloxacin-on-bacillus-anthracis-toxin-production-spore-formation-and-cell-growth
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Breanne M Head, Michelle Alfa, Daniel S Sitar, Ethan Rubinstein, Adrienne F A Meyers
BACKGROUND: Owing to its ability to form spores and toxins, Bacillus anthracis is considered a bioterror agent. Although current therapeutic strategies can be effective, treatment does not prevent sporulation and toxin production. OBJECTIVES: To quantify the combined effect of a protein synthesis inhibitor and a bactericidal agent on B. anthracis toxin production, sporulation and cell growth. METHODS: Susceptibility and synergy titrations were conducted on B...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27795340/comparison-of-magpix-assays-and-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-for-detection-of-hemorrhagic-fever-viruses
#19
Neal G Satterly, Matthew A Voorhees, Abbe D Ames, Randal J Schoepp
Viral hemorrhagic fevers, because of their high mortality rates, the lack of medical countermeasures, and their potential use as instruments of bioterrorism, pose a significant threat to the developed and the developing areas of the world. The key to preventing the spread of these diseases is early and accurate detection. For decades, the gold-standard immunoassay for hemorrhagic fever detection has been the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA); however, newer technologies are emerging with increased sensitivities...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27778086/-on-site-detection-of-bioterrorism-relevant-agents-rapid-detection-methods-for-viruses-bacteria-and-toxins-capabilities-and-limitations
#20
Daniel Stern, Martin Richter, Livia Schrick, Peter Lasch, Kathrin Keeren, Angela Polleichtner, Karin Lemmer, Andreas Nitsche, Roland Grunow, Christian Herzog, Brigitte G Dorner, Lars Schaade
In Europe, besides the threat of terrorist attacks involving conventional methods such as explosive devices and automatic weapons, there is also a potential threat of terrorist groups using non-conventional material like biological agents in the scope of future attacks. Consequently, rapid and reliable detection systems for biological agents are being developed and tested continuously to inform crisis management. For environmental detection, a broad spectrum of different laboratory-based techniques has been developed for relevant biological agents...
December 2016: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
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